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rank

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1 growing thickly and vigorously
  • The wall was covered with trumpet vines so rank you couldn't see the trellis beneath them.
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2 having an unpleasant smell
  • smokes rank cigars that usually send me running for fresh air
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3 very noticeable especially for being incorrect or bad
  • The article about fairy tales was full of rank errors, such as a reference to "Cinderella biting into the poisoned apple."
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malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, fusty, musty mean bad-smelling. malodorous may range from the unpleasant to the strongly offensive.
    • malodorous fertilizers
stinking and fetid suggest the foul or disgusting.
    • prisoners were held in stinking cells
    • the fetid odor of skunk cabbage
noisome adds a suggestion of being harmful or unwholesome as well as offensive.
    • a stagnant, noisome sewer
putrid implies particularly the sickening odor of decaying organic matter.
    • the putrid smell of rotting fish
rank suggests a strong unpleasant smell.
    • rank cigar smoke
fusty and musty suggest lack of fresh air and sunlight, fusty also implying prolonged uncleanliness, musty stressing the effects of dampness, mildew, or age.
    • a fusty attic
    • the musty odor of a damp cellar

rank

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1 the placement of someone or something in relation to others in a vertical arrangement
  • attained the highest rank in the Freemasons
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2 high position within society
  • remembered as a woman of rank who socialized only with other members of the elite
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3 a series of people or things arranged side by side
  • Rank upon rank of cavalry came thundering down the hill.
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4 usually ranks plural one of the units into which a whole is divided on the basis of a common characteristic
  • This book will someday join the ranks of the world's great novels.
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rank

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1 to take or have a certain position within a group arranged in vertical classes
  • My favorite pitcher ranks first in the league for number of consecutive outs.
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